ABC News Radio's Bob Walker Dies
July 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of longtime ABC NEWS RADIO correspondent BOB WALKER, who the netwok reports has passed away at 77. WALKER was News Director at WFAA-TV/DALLAS when President KENNEDY was assassinated in 1963, and his work caught the eye of ABC's PETER JENNINGS, leading to an offer to write news for JENNINGS on TV. Later, WALKER became a full-time ABC NEWS RADIO anchor, working on the INFORMATION NETWORK from the 1960s through his retirement in the 1990s; alongside VIC RATNER, WALKER covered the Space Shuttle CHALLENGER disaster live.
ABC NEWS RADIO VP/GM STEVE JONES said, "I was one of several editors who worked with BOB. BOB prized clarity and brevity in his newscasts. BOB's reporting represented his broad interest and sharp insight in events both important and interesting to people. He will be missed."
WALKER is survived by his son ROBERT and his wife NANCY, his grandchildren CHRISTOPHER and NICHOLAS, and his sister MARGE. A memorial service will be held SUNDAY (8/2) at MARSHALL, TN.